Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Damn, They Got Me Again!

Well, it would appear that I have succumbed to the trickery of advertising.

I hate to admit that.

After reading this article I am prompted to confes that I have been in the past a energy bar lover. The Lemon Luna bars were my faves, with the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Power Bars coming in a very close second.

I stuffed them in my ski and bike bags when heading out to take on the mountains, shoved them into my backpacks when travelling and always kept one in my purse for “just in case”.

BUT that has all come to an abrupt halt – STARTING NOW!

Why is that you may ask? Well this is why:

Energy bars usually contain protein and fiber—nutrients that help you feel full—but also may be loaded with calories. That’s fine if you occasionally make one a meal, but most of us eat them as snacks. You might as well enjoy a Snickers, which at 280 calories is in the same range as many energy bars.

Lesson learned: If you need something to tide you over until dinner, look for a calorie-controlled bar with about 5 grams of protein (e.g., Balance 100-calorie bar, Promax 70-calorie bar).

For even more upsetting news (IE: Some salads are just as chock full of fat and calories as a double cheeseburger) keep reading: Is Your Health Food Really Healthy?

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